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I have a video that I would like to turn into a panoramic picture.  I suppose I could just strip out all the frames and use stitching software, but is there a all-in-one solution?  Some of the videos are HD so I hope the fact that it's a video isn't an issue.
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by:fredshovel
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A quick bit of Googling told me that Windows Live Photo Gallery (free) does exactly this:
here's the demo video:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-vista/Demo-Create-a-panoramic-picture-with-Windows-Live-Photo-Gallery

NOTE: Here's how I get high quality photos from HD video. Just run the video in any player and pause the frame that you want (one at a time). Then hit Print Screen (PrtScn) on your PC keyboard.
I then use Adobe Photoshop Elements to open a new project and simply hit Ctl+V to paste the image into Photoshop. Save and then re-import into Windows Live Photo Gallery.
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by:jacksmind
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well this would require stitching framegrabs together.  I was wondering if there was a way to go directly from video.
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by:fredshovel
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Don't know, but I personally wouldn't do it this way as you couldn't re-crop your images.
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by:Merete
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stitching the clip is the only way to go it's referred to as videorama
your camera may have the software. since you have included high def video it may increased the risk of losing quality though.
otherwise you’ll need any of these
 Apple’s Final Cut Pro/ Macromedia’s Flash Pro or Photoshop, or
Arcsoft Panarama/ ulead cool
Panorama Maker 5 Pro includes videorama'
http://www.arcsoft.com/estore/software_title.asp?ProductCode=PMK5PRO
this one has a trial
Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X3—HD video-editing software
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Editors/Ulead-VideoStudio.shtml
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Sorry if I wasn't clear. But no, I do not want a videorama:

http://content.photojojo.com/diy/videoramas-stitch-digital-video-panoramas/

I want to take a single video that sweeps across a scene and turn that into a panoramic picture.  I found out that Pamorama Maker 5  is able to take a video and sweeping panorama and turn it into a panoramic picture  but it cost $80!

To answer my own question I found a cheap alternative:

In linux you can get all the stills of a video using

ffmpeg -i <videofile> output%d.png

Then using these hundreds of png files you can use the easy largely fully automated microsoft ICE software, drag and drop and then make a fairly decent panorama.  It is probably 10 times slower than Panorama Maker 5, but I also don't have to spend $80 on such a simple procedure.
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